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11 Women’s Health Myths to Stop Believing

MYTH 3

“I don’t feel like having sex. Something must be wrong with me.”

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Truth: Low libido is the most prevalent sexual health issue among women, affecting about 40 percent of the U.S. female population, according to a 2006 PRESIDE study of nearly 60,000 women. Dr. Andraya Huldeen of Western OB/GYN, a Division of Ridgeview Clinics, says she discusses low libido with at least one patient every day, and that it’s common for women to experience it at some point in their lives. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

Dr. Kathryn Babich, medical director of Park Nicollet Women’s Services, compares libido differences between genders to “driving to Duluth for the men—a straight shot up Interstate 35—versus a road map of Los Angeles for the women. Not only can fluctuating or lack of hormones affect our desire and response, but so can factors such as fatigue, relationship stress and discord, self-esteem and body image issues with aging and motherhood, and dissatisfaction with home life.” All of which is part of the reason there is no medication for women proven to effectively raise libido. cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

Women’s best treatment bets? Couples counseling and sexual therapy. Huldeen says couples counseling “gets at all the life stressors that make intercourse fall to the bottom of your to-do list.” Sexual therapy addresses the fact that women are wired to want more of the status quo: The less they have sex, the less they want to have sex. The more they have sex, the more they want to have sex. As Huldeen puts it, “Sexual therapy gives you homework.” cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

Terrell adds that resetting the definition of sexual activity can help, too. “For many heterosexual women, sex can solely mean intercourse. If intercourse is no longer possible due to either partner’s abilities, then other options can always be explored as alternatives.” cool stuff for guys cool stuff to buy cool stuff for kids cool stuff to make

MYTH 4

“Hormone therapy is so dangerous.”

Truth: Many fears surrounding hormone-based menopause treatments are based on a 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study. Though widely publicized, the study’s menopause treatment–related outcomes are considered secondary data, because the study was originally conducted to determine whether hormones prevent heart disease in women (they do not). Many participants were placed on hormones solely for the study, and at much higher levels than would be prescribed for menopause. All participants were also post-menopausal, meaning they suffered from none of the symptoms hormone therapy can treat. “Hormones do have some risks, but they are not nearly as significant as many patients think,” Huldeen says. “Hot flashes won’t kill you, but they may drive you crazy along the way. If this is true for you, don’t be afraid to discuss the risks and benefits of hormone therapy with your doctor.”

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